Dmitri Holtzman - EELC Executive Director
Dmitri was born in Cape Town. After having spent time at school in Pretoria he matriculated at Wynberg Boys’ High School in the Cape. He obtained a BA (Law and English Literature) from UCT in 2006 after which he completed his LLB at UWC in 2009. While at university Dmitri was the National Chairperson of the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) and also served other positions on its National Executive. At the same time he was a student volunteer at Equal Education (EE). In 2010, after graduating he took up a full time position as a researcher and parliamentary liaison officer in EE’s Policy, Communications and Research Department. He later became the Deputy Head of that Department until the end of 2011. As the Executive Director Dmitri is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the EELC, and is responsible for reporting to the Board of Trustees.
Melanie Boltman – EELC Legal Administrator
Melanie was previously employed as a training co-ordinator at the UCT School for Legal Practice from 2001 until 2011. Melanie studied towards a Bachelor of Social Science in Public Administration in Politics at UCT in 1994. As part of UCT’s transformation services she served as a sexual harassment advisor from 2009 until 2011. She also completed a Generic Management Qualification at UCT in conjunction with Breaking Ground in 2010 and qualified as an addictions counsellor in 2007. Melanie is the Legal Administrator at the EELC. She is responsible for general office management, human resources, information technology and is also involved in Equal Education’s Community Leadership Program.
Lisa Andrews –EELC Legal Assistant / Candidate Attorney
Lisa hails from East London in the Eastern Cape. Lisa matriculated at Stirling High School (East London). She obtained her Bachelor of Economics with Honours in Economics from Rhodes University in 2002. She then pursued various employment, the latest being her work as first a managing editor, then a development editor in higher education at Oxford University Press from March 2008 to January 2012. While working, she completed her LLB at UNISA in 2007 with distinction. She is currently attending UCT's School for Legal Practice. Lisa is one of two legal assistants at the EELC. She works closely with the EELC attorneys assisting with legal research, drafting memo’s and dispensing legal advice to members of the public through the EELC’s law clinic service in Khayelitsha.
Precillar Moyo - EELC attorney
Precillar completed her ‘O’ and‘A’ levels at Founders High School, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. She studied law at the University of Cape Town. She thereafter completed her articles at the Legal Resource Centre and gained experience in a range of areas including refugee law, women and children’s rights law, land and housing law and non-profit organisations. She also spent time at the Athlone Legal Aid Office where she gained experience in criminal law and maintenance matters. Before joining the EELC Precillar worked as a law publishing editor at Juta and Company. Precillar is an attorney at the EELC. Her research interests in education law include barriers to learning and teacher development.
Lisa Draga – EELC attorney
Lisa grew up in Kensington (Western Cape) and is a proud product of Windermere Primary and Kensington High. She obtained her LLB degree from UWC, Summa Cum Laude in 2006 and a LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA in 2007. In early 2010 she concluded her training as a candidate attorney at the Legal Resources Centre, Cape Town where she was engaged in various human rights focus areas including gender rights, refugee law and issues impacting upon the right to a basic education. From July 2010 until December 2011 she served as a Constitutional Court Clerk to Justice Zakeria Yacoob. Lisa is an attorney at the EELC. She has a particular interest in learners’ rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion in the schooling environment, the improvement of school infrastructure and the effective management and governance of the schooling system.
Shaun Franklin – EELC Legal Researcher
Shaun is a legal researcher, advising the Equal Education Law Centre on issues of International Constitutional Jurisprudence. Prior to arriving in Cape Town in 2011, Shaun practiced law in the United States for five years in Seattle, Washington and Cleveland, Ohio, where he focused on criminal law and commercial litigation. Shaun received his law degree Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 2006. While in law school, Shaun served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John M. Manos of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio and as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office. Shaun graduated with a B.A. Cum Laude from Boston University in 2002, where he studied political science and economics.
Wandisa Phama – EELC Legal Assistant / Candidate Attorney
Wandisa is from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape. She matriculated in Sterkspruit Senior Secondary School in 2006. In 2007 Wandisa enrolled as an LLB student at UCT. In her final year of her LLB studies Wandisa registered for a course with the UCT Law Clinic where she handled legal matters for clients and obtained practical legal skill as a student. In 2011 Wandisa also involved herself with the Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative Programme where she was involved in teaching Constitutional Literacy to high school leaners in Luhlaza, Khayelitsha. Wandisa is currently studying towards her LLM in Social Justice at UCT. In 2012 Wandisa worked as an Assistant Researcher at the Law, Race and Gender Unit at UCT. In the same year she worked as a Legal Intern in the South Human Rights Commission. Wandisa has served as an Ad hoc Refugee Status Determination Officer in a special project for the UNHCR at the UCT Refugee Rights Project where she gained experience on refugee related matters. Wandisa is one of Legal Researchers and a Bertha Fellow at EELC.
Solminic F.D Joseph - EELC Legal Assistant / Candidate Attorney
Hails from Atlantis on the outskirts of Cape Town. He matriculated from the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology. He later enrolled at University and graduated with an LL.B degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2012.
Solminic is a recipient of the University Scholarship for South African Students given by Professor Robert Wolf in the United States of America and is also a recipient of the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance trust’s Leigh Day Scholarship from the United Kingdom.
While at University he became involved in HIV/AIDS outreach projects and volunteered as a Peer Educator, then Senior Peer Educator at the UWC HIV/AIDS Programme.
He was previously employed as a senior research fieldworker with HealthWise South Africa in 2012. Before joining the EELC he was employed by the UWC HIV/AIDS Programme as a Programme Assistant and leader of the Programmes UWC iCare Initiative.